Classic chicken noodle soup is made vegan by simply replacing the chicken with healthy, hearty potatoes. This soup still has that classic comfort flavor and feel without the excess sodium. A bowl of this will fill you up and satisfy you perfectly.
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CLASSIC VEGAN NOODLE SOUP
Today, I’m sharing a classic with you. I grew up eating chicken noodle soup…honestly, who didn’t? That warm bowl of comforting soup that was overly loaded with salt, was somehow so satisfying. Of course, looking at the can of ingredients now is pretty gross. I do remember how the chicken in the can was always really rubbery and I would end up spitting most of it out.
When I became an adult my mom started making a chicken noodle soup recipe that she picked up from a newspaper. It was creamy and slightly spicy and incredibly delicious. Come to find out, it was made using a cream of mushroom can of soup! What?! I thought it was homemade 100%. Lol. Regardless, it was really yummy and I always requested it.
This recipe came about for 2 reasons. One reader emailed me asking me to come up with a vegan “chicken” noodle soup recipe, saying that she would trust my recipe. I sure hope she likes it! Also, my hubby had been begging me to make one for the longest time. It was a gigantic winner with him. He says he could eat it daily. Mr. Picky liked it!
HOW DO YOU MAKE VEGAN CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP?
It really is just so simple, nothing extravagant. Well, you can have it all for 8 easy ingredients, no weird or fancy ingredients.
I replaced the chicken in traditional soup with red potatoes instead. The soup is very comforting and extremely filling. You can serve it alongside my Caesar salad and have a really satisfying, healthy dinner.
MORE VEGAN SOUP RECIPES
- Lazy Red Lentil Curry Soup
- Low-fat Smoky Broccoli Potato Soup
- Vegan Cauliflower Curry Soup
- Hearty Veggie Potato Stew
- Lazy Day Vegan Tomato Bisque
- Smoky Sweet Potato Black-eyed Pea Soup
Classic Vegan Noodle Soup
- 4 large long carrots, sliced (you will need 1 1/2 cups sliced, 170 g)
- 4 large long celery stalks (you will need 1 1/2 cups sliced, 200g)
- 1 packed cup (160g) finely diced yellow onion
- 3 X-large garlic cloves, minced (about a tablespoon-15g)
- 3 small red potatoes, cut into 1/2 inch cubes (you will need 2 1/2 cups, 370g)
- 6-7 cups water (or broth, see update under NOTES)
- 2 vegan bouillon cubes (see update under NOTES for alternate version!)
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon fine sea salt (depending on your bouillon cube, this may need adjustment)
- Optional 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
- 2 cups (170g, 6 oz) gluten-free brown rice spiral noodles
- I have recently made this without the bouillon cubes since so many have asked. If you want to skip the bouillon cube version, then make it as written above, but with obviously omitting the bouillon cubes and adding additionally the following to what is ALREADY written above: Replace the water with 6 cups low-sodium vegetable broth, add 1-2 teaspoons worcestershire sauce (I buy a vegan version from Whole Foods, to taste), add 1/2 teaspoon more salt (so 1 1/2 teaspoons total, this can vary due to your broth as well), add 2 1/2 teaspoons onion powder, add 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder, add 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning spice blend (premade blend from store). Since bouillon cubes add a lot of flavor, this is why you will need to add all of these spices if you omit it. Taste after everything is cooked and add any more seasonings if desired.
Prepare all of your veggies, spices and set aside.
Add 6 cups of the water (or broth if using the updated version below) to a large pot and bring to a boil, add the bouillon cubes (or all the additional spices listed under the updated version below in place using the bouillon cubes), thyme, salt, nutritional yeast and whisk to dissolve.
Immediately add all of the veggies (carrots, celery, onion, garlic and potatoes). You are adding all of the ingredients except the pasta. Stir well and bring back to a boil. Once boiling, immediately turn to the lowest heat, cover and simmer around 10 minutes until the carrots and potatoes are becoming tender.
Add the pasta and bring back to a boil. Once boiling, leave the lid off and turn the heat to medium-high and cook for about 10 minutes, or until the pasta is tender, but still firm. If using gluten-free pasta, it will cook much faster, so keep an eye. Turn off the heat. With the above ingredients, it didn't need any more salt for us, but feel free to taste and add any extra. If you want it more brothy, add the remaining broth. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley and black pepper, if desired. I love freshly ground black pepper on my soup.
UPDATED ALTERNATE VERSION: If you don't have bouillon cubes or don't want to use them, then make the following version: Everything will be the same except for obviously omitting the bouillon cubes and adding additionally the following to what is ALREADY written above: Replace the water with 6 cups low-sodium vegetable broth, add 1-2 teaspoons worcestershire sauce (I buy a vegan version from Whole Foods, to taste), add 1/2 teaspoon more salt (so 1 1/2 teaspoons total, this can vary due to your broth), 2 1/2 teaspoons onion powder, 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder, 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning (store-bought or my homemade version). Since bouillon cubes add a lot of flavor, this is why you will need to add all of these spices if you omit it. Taste after everything is cooked and add any more seasonings if desired.